Shaka Smart and company got a commit from ‘19 Ft Bend Elkins guard Donovan Williams today.
We’ve mentioned UT as his leader for some time and this morning the 6-foot-5, 180-pounder made the call.
Smart and Jai Lucas will have in-home with Williams today as well.
“I think coach Smart is really genuine and real,” Williams tells IT. “And the players are dedicated to their development and making each other better. It’s a big family.”
What ultimately helped you decide UT?
“The players and coaches welcomed me and I know with the help of the coaches, I will continue to develop. My family loved their time there and I could tell that Texas was somewhere they would love to see me play at so that made the decision very easy.”
Tim Preston’s thoughts on the committment
Sometimes things just seem to make too much sense not to happen. Fort Bend Elkins wing Donovan Williams committing to Texas was one of those things.
Texas was one of the first high major programs to identify and offer Williams after he had an eye-catching spring. He then consolidated that spring with an even better summer and currently is/should be rated somewhere in the 45-60 range, nationally.
- Above average athlete, especially for his size/frame, who can run and run and run
- Skilled with the ball in his hands, particularly when he has a step and is going towards the hoop
- Mechanically sound shooter
- Exhibits solid hoops IQ with his passing and rebounding ability
- Has a love for the game that shows out in his work ethic and attitude
- Has the explosiveness to finish above the rim and be effective in the open floor
- Can guard multiple positions without a ton of issue
- Probably isn’t done growing (an athletic 6’7 is a possibility)
- Pretty desperately needs to spend time in the weight room, especially if he isn’t done growing
- Not a great shooter off the bounce
- Could be a high quality spot up shooter, but will have to prove that at game speed
- Needs to tighten up his handle in traffic
How He Fits
With point/combo guards Matt Coleman, Eli Long and Courtney Ramey already a part of the program, a taller wing player was going to be a necessity in this class and Williams fits that bill nicely. The impending departures of both Kerwin Roach and Andrew Jones will mean Williams and current Longhorn Jase Febres should be able to split minutes at the three spot along with some combination of Brock Cunningham and Gerald Liddell.
If absolutely nothing else, Shaka knows what he wants/is looking for as a recruiter. Williams marks the fourth time in four recruiting cycles at Texas that Coach Smart has identified a late bloomer (Jones/Febres/Ramey/Williams) at the big guard/wing position who went from good recruit to coveted recruit.
Williams fits that description well. He’s shown determination and grit as he’s put in the work to get better over the last 12 months and that hard work has paid off as his recruiting accolades have taken off.
Texas needed this to get some momentum with their recruiting class and they will hopefully add another one before the November signing period as they remain in good position with local prospect Will Baker.
The big question for Williams is whether or not he’ll be an attribute to Texas as a shooter.
I wish I could say with some certainty that he’ll be fine, but while his mechanics are solid, he’s had his share of efficiency issues as a shooter in game situations.
Much of his hard work has been dedicated to fixing those issues, but there is still more to be done.
Long story short, this is a very good pickup at a need position and IF he figures out his shooting stroke, Williams has the body and intangibles to be an All-Conference kind of player down the road.
This has been the first summer Shaka and his staff haven’t been implementing almost a full install of the system to their players, and the vibes have been positive that the shooting has been better this year than in all previous ones, so perhaps that reality will prove just as positive for Donovan.
Rest assured Texas will carefully follow his scoring and shooting numbers as he embarks on his senior season and it would not surprise me if the coaching staff still decided to look to add another scoring perimeter player during the spring period.
More from Tim Preston soon.